Iman/Faith, Leadership, Quotes on 02/14/2015 by Ribka Christ
Orang yang rendah diri suka merendah-rendahkan orang.Mereka suka mencari kesalahan dan kelemahan orang lain.Orang yang percaya diri selalu memberkati dan memberi kata-kata yang membangkitkan iman dan semangat!
Jangan menghakimi agar anda tidak dihakimi!Ada orang suka merendah-rendahkan orang.Kemudian,dia sedar kelemahan dia sendiri seperti BALOK…di depan mata.Jangan munafik!
Istilah orang Sarawak kata kotor itu “Kamah”.Kamah di luar ingin dibersih habis namun “Kamah” di dalam tidak dibuang!
Apostles of Faith, Intercession, Prayers, Quotes, Wise Words on 02/11/2015 by Ribka Christ
We know nothing about God other than what He shows us about Himself. Only God can reveal God. What is absolutely vital is to know the form in which God has revealed Himself to us – as the God of deliverance, salvation and redemption. That is the supreme knowledge about God granted to us on earth. It is perhaps not all He is. He has glories that are veiled to us on earth. His greatness is infinite. What else He may be to others, celestial beings, we do not know. The intelligences of deep heaven, the burning spirits and great seraphic beings may know things about God that we do not. Yet we are permitted to know Him in a way perhaps no angelic beings would ever even understand. They have never fallen into the quagmire of sin, smelt its moral stench, been horrified by its clinging odor, and have therefore never known the joy of cleansing, the wonder and power of the blood of Christ rendering filthy garments glistening and pure. Heavenly inhabitants are only spectators of this miracle, which to us is an experience as wide as our lives and as deep as our heart. We know God by His amazing dealings with us. “Amazing Grace…” God bless you. REINHARD BONNKE
Apostles of Faith on 02/11/2015 by Ribka Christ
Dr. Morris Cerullo, Apostle and Prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ, is a man on the move for God. He is a man whose entire life is dedicated to fulfilling the call of God to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every living creature.
In 1962, God gave him a specific call in Porto Alegre, Brazil when He said, “Son, build Me an army.” This army is made up of Nationals trained to take the Gospel to their villages, cities, states, and nations with the same anointing that rests upon Dr. Cerullo’s life and ministry.
God has used Dr. Cerullo to pioneer overseas ministries and open many countries that have been considered closed to the Gospel. His ministry is accompanied by a manifestation of God’s miracle power.
In his early years of ministry throughout Latin America, he faced tremendous opposition. He was arrested and detained many times for preaching the Gospel and praying for the sick.
In 1965, when Dr. Cerullo first went to Argentina, the country was almost completely closed to the Gospel. Due to the fusion of church and state, every time there was an attempt to conduct an evangelistic campaign there was tremendous opposition, often resulting in persecution.
During a crusade in 1965 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, there were so many miracles of healing the College of Doctors issued a complaint accusing Dr. Cerullo of practicing medicine without a license and ordered his arrest.
Despite the fact a warrant was issued for his arrest, he continued to minister nightly under a heavy anointing with hundreds of people being saved and healed. The police met him at his hotel, arrested him and took him to jail. After intensive interrogation, he was released in time to conduct the last night of the crusade.
The impact of these early crusades spread across Argentina and was the turning point in evangelization, not only in Mar Del Plata and Rosario but also in the cities and villages throughout the entire nation.
Many of the ministers that attended those crusades and were trained in the Schools of Ministry in Buenos Aires in 1969 and Rosario in 1972, had their lives changed as they saw, for the first time, a powerful demonstration of the supernatural power of God. Today many of them have large churches and ministries that are impacting their nations for Christ.
The same is true for Indonesia, Malaysia, Israel and the entire Middle East, the Far East, Africa,Mexico, Central and South America and virtually every nation on Earth.
Apostles of Faith, Wisdom, Wise Words on 02/11/2015 by Ribka Christ
Forgiveness on 02/11/2015 by Ribka Christ
Nats : Dosamu telah diampuni oleh karena nama-Nya (1Yohanes 2:12)
Bacaan : 1Yohanes 2:1-12
Lima tahun sesudah PD II berakhir, Marvin Maris bertemu Taizo Fujishiro di sekolah teologi di Chicago. Meskipun keduanya di pihak yang saling bermusuhan ketika perang berlangsung, tetapi Maris tetap bersahabat dengan Fujishiro. Ia membuatkan catatan pelajaran untuknya, mengajarinya menyetir mobil, dan mengundangnya untuk merayakan Natal. Setelah Taizo kembali ke Jepang, mereka tetap saling berhubungan.
Empat puluh tahun kemudian, cucu perempuan Maris, Connie Wieck, pergi ke Jepang untuk mengajar bahasa Inggris. Ia menelepon Fujishiro dan memperkenalkan diri. Hari berikutnya mereka bertemu untuk makan siang. Taizo menceritakan kepadanya semua hal mengenai kakeknya, sahabat Amerika pertama Taizo.
Di kemudian hari Connie menulis: “Dibesarkan di kota di mana para veterannya masih menyimpan kepedihan …, dulunya saya tak percaya bahwa pemaafan akan terjadi di antara orang-orang yang terlibat langsung dalam sejarah kelam itu. Namun, persahabatan antara kakek saya dan Taizo membuktikan kebalikannya.”
Rasul Paulus menggambarkan keajaiban keselamatan dengan menulis, “Kita, ketika masih seteru, diperdamaikan dengan Allah oleh kematian Anak-Nya” (Roma 5:10). Dan Yohanes mengatakan bahwa mereka yang sudah diampuni harus mengasihi saudaranya (1 Yohanes 2:9-12).
Warisan pengampunan dari Allah akan diteruskan dari generasi ke generasi jika kita dengan rendah hati menerima anugerah pengampunan- Nya dalam Kristus dan meneruskannya kepada sesama kita —David McCasland
Blessings on 02/11/2015 by Ribka Christ
KARYA-Mu,TUHAN,semuanya Kaujadikan dengan bijaksana;bumi penuh dengan ciptaan-Mu.Lihatlah laut yang LUAS terbentang dengan makhluk besar kecil tak TERBILANG.Di situ kapal-kapal berlayar dan Lewiatan,naga laut ciptaan-Mu,…..bermain-main…..Mereka semua mengharapkan Engkau,untuk mendapat makanan pada waktunya.Engkau memberi,dan mereka mengumpulkannya,Engkau menyediakannya,dan mereka MAKAN SAMPAI PUAS…..
Psalm 104:24-28, 33-34
“O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions; this great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great. There the ships sail about; and there is that Leviathan Which You have made to play there. These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. …I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD.”
In the Name of Jesus Christ, In whose arms we find shelter, Dear Fellow Redeemed,
“You’re in good hands with Allstate!” -How many times have you seen that commercial? The big insurance company tries to inspire confidence by picturing a huge set of hands, gently cradling a house, or a car, or a family. The message you’re supposed to get is that when you buy homeowner’s insurance, or car insurance, or life insurance from this particular company…you’ll be protected and safe. They’ll watch over you and take care of you, and you’ll never have anything to worry about.
Wouldn’t it be nice if that were true? -If you could plunk down a certain amount of money and be completely protected from all of life’s unpleasant surprises? Unfortunately, no insurance company can do that. For one thing, the insurance industry is on rather shaky ground at the moment; some say they may soon go the way of the Savings and Loans. Besides that, even the best insurance policy doesn’t really protect you, does it? It doesn’t prevent tornadoes, or car wrecks, or the sudden loss of life. It just pays you some money when it happens. No matter how slick the advertising…when it comes to real security, those “good hands” aren’t really all that good!
We Christians, however, have a different source of security: our gracious and all-powerful God. And our text for today uses nature as an illustration of just how solid that security is. If you’re a worrier, if you suffer from anxiety attacks, if you have even the smallest shred of insecurity about your future – then have I got Good News for you! In the words of our theme:
“You ARE in Good Hands… WITH GOD”
- His wise hands created you. II. His provident hands support you.
This is a very stately and awe-inspiring psalm. In it, the psalmist is acknowledging God’s great wisdom, His gracious providence, and His almighty power. But as you read it, you can’t help noticing that it’s also a very joyful psalm. It sounds as though there should be an exclamation point after every sentence! Obviously, there’s something here that almost overwhelms the psalmist with joy every time he thinks about it. What is it, I wonder? What is it about God’s wisdom and power that should make every one of us believers click our heels with happiness? Well, everything this passage says about God, and His relationship with His creation, also tells you something about yourself, and His relationship with you. The message is that you’re in good hands with God. In the first place, because His wise hands created you.
The story is told of a science professor who constructed a planetarium – a precisely scaled model of the universe. One of his students was impressed, and asked him who built it. “No one,” said the professor. “Come on,” said the student, “who made this fantastic piece of precision work?” “No one,” said the professor, “it just happened.” The young man became confused and angry. His professor told him, “Well, if you can leave this classroom and look at the wonders of nature and believe that they just happened, with no creator, then you can also believe that this piece of precision work just happened, with no creator!”
The Bible is right when it states that only a fool could believe there is no God. In our text, the Psalmist says, “O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions.” To really be an atheist, you have to ignore literally a world of evidence. The wisdom of God is clearly seen in all the things He has created. Think for a moment how incredibly complex and varied are the creatures God made. One scientist estimated that if you wrote down the genetic code for a single mouse, it would fill six whole editions of Encyclopedia Britannica. And that’s just a mouse, a minor land mammal. Consider the sea, says the Psalmist, the oceans that cover three-quarters of our planet with teeming biological diversity! “This great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great. There the ships sail about; and there is that Leviathan which You have made to play there.” If a mouse is a wonderful creation, what about the millions of sea creatures? What about Leviathan – the whale? Each of these creatures demonstrates the unapproachable wisdom of the God who created them. Wisdom that makes human scientists and their technology look like a bunch of kids playing with tinker toys!
Why is this especially comforting to Christians? -Because it means God’s hands not only created all these creatures, they also created you! In another place the psalmist says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” — Psa 139:14. Consider your own body: your eye, more precise and accurate than any camera; your hand, more flexible and articulate than any robot; your brain, infinitely more complex and powerful than any computer! And then remember that it’s the Lord who created you and gave you these abilities. Whenever you stand up in church and say, “I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,” you’re also saying, in the words of Luther’s explanation, “I believe that God has made me with all creatures, giving me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my faculties.” You ARE in good hands with God, because He created you. And He knows you, right down to the numbered hairs on your head.
Yes, it takes quite a stretch to believe that there’s no God. But it takes even a bigger stretch for a Christian to doubt God’s providence! Think about it. Can it be possible that the God who created you – the God who knows what’s going on right now in the tiniest cell in your body – can it be possible that this God will ever forget to give you what you need? Will He ever neglect you or overlook your needs for a single moment during your life? Because if that were possible, then we would truly have something to worry about. If God’s providence were an off-again, on-again thing, then we’d have very good reason to be anxious about what tomorrow will bring!
Well, if you DO think that’s possible, then the psalmist has another lesson for you. He takes us back to the sea, and all the hoards of God’s creatures that live there. How do they make it from day to day? That’s easy: “They all wait for You, O Lord, that You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.” Ah, I see – the Lord invariably provides for whales, but once in a while He forgets about human beings, is that it? God feeds the sharks and the squids and the flounders, but He neglects His own dear children?! What nonsense!
Do you see now how silly it is to worry about tomorrow? Worse than silly – it’s a sinful denial of the grace God has promised us in His Word. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? …Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.” — Mat 6:26,31.
My Christian friends, cheer up! Sing to the Lord, rejoice with the psalmist, and be glad – because you are in good hands with God. His provident hands, the hands that constantly support the rest of His creation, also support you. He’s going to make sure that you meet that next car payment, that your bills get paid, that there’s never a day when you can’t put food on your family’s table. How can you make doubly positive that the Lord will provide you with all these things? Because He’s already given up something far more precious for you: His only Son.
It’s precisely because we are sinful, doubting, unbelieving creatures that God sent His Son Jesus to earth. Jesus fulfilled the Law in our place. He died in our place on the cross of Calvary. And when He died, Jesus erased every sin and disobedience and transgression that you and I have ever committed. With His own precious blood, Jesus wrote your name and mine in the book of eternal life. With the sacrifice of His Son, God promises that we are now reconciled to Him. Instead of being His enemies, we are now His own dear children, whom He watches over and cares for more faithfully than the most loving earthly parents could possibly care for their children. Can He possibly fail in His care of us? Can He possibly overlook the smallest need that we feel in our lives? Never! You are in good hands with God! Paul asks a question that needs no answer: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” — Rom 8:32.
Would you like to live a life that is truly “care free”? Would you like to insure for yourself and your family absolute and permanent security? You can, you know! That security doesn’t lie in any earthly insurance policy, but it does lie in our Almighty God. My prayer is that you may find shelter – not necessarily under the Traveller’s umbrella, but under the umbrella of God’s grace and love. Even if you’ve got a piece of “the Prudential rock”, let your real confidence is founded on the Rock of Ages. Go ahead and put your car insurance into the “good hands” of Allstate if you want to. But when it comes to your eternal future, make sure you put THAT…into the truly good hands of your creator God! AMEN.
ONE THING IS NEEDFUL
Lutheran Sermons for the Church Year by Pastor Paul Naumann